Another distillery that we didn’t have before on WhiskyNotes (at least not with published tasting notes): anCnoc. It was founded in the whisky boom of 1893 as Knockdhu. The name was changed in 2003 to avoid confusion with Knockando. Together with Balblair, Pulteney, Balmenach… they are owned by ThaiBev, one of the big producers of alcoholic products in Asia.
The 16-year-old is the only anCnoc available which has been fully matured in American oak casks.
anCnoc 16 yo (46%, OB 2010)
Nose: malty and fruity, quite aromatic in a way that reminds me more of fruit tea rather than the actual fruits. Maybe that’s also because of the distinct camomile notes. Citrus, peach, pear, strawberry. Big vanilla and toffee, as well as light grassy elements. Nice.
Mouth: again a particularly tea-like flavour palette (due to the herbal / grassy notes maybe), with dashes of honey and glazed apples. Zesty citrus. Oak shavings with some tannins. A little mocha. A bit light in comparison with the nose maybe.
Finish: medium length, with sweet cereals, some mint and vanilla.
This anCnoc 16 Years old is aromatic with young fruits and freshly cut oak. More of a summer whisky, I think. Around € 55.